Uber settles class action lawsuit with Australian taxi operators for $272 million

·

Uber has agreed to pay $271.8 million to Australian taxi and hire car drivers, operators and licence holders to compensate them for losing income and licence values when the rideshare giant moved into the Australian market.

This settlement, which is Australia’s fifth largest, follows a five-year legal battle.

More than 8,000 taxi and hire car owners are part of the class action suit, which was filed in 2019. The lawsuit alleges that Uber Australia and its parent companies knowingly operated illegally and therefore had an unfair advantage over taxi and hire car drivers who were complying with the law.

Lead plaintiff, Nick Andrianakis, described the settlement as a win for small businesses, taxi drivers, and operators within the taxi and hire car industry.

Uber
Uber is set to pay more than $200 million. Photo: Britannica.

“I’ve lost my passion for work,” Mr Andrianakis said.

“I lost my [taxi licence] plates that were half a million dollars each. And I lost my income that provided food on the table for my family.”

Mr Andrianakis said he was previously forced out of the taxi business when Uber was introduced in Australia. He revealed he had lost more than $1 million in total.

“My family has always been into taxis, my father drove taxis… my son drove taxis while he was at uni,” he said.

“But when Uber came to our shores illegally, like pirates, they broke every law, every regulation.”

The trial continues on Monday in the Supreme Court of Victoria but is expected to be abandoned.

Source: ABC News.

Advertisement

Share:

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH TGH

By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Latest News

Greek parliamentarians promise action, but Australia’s diaspora needs more than words

By Mary Sinanidis. Four representatives of the Special Permanent Committee on Greeks Abroad (consisting of 31 MPs) said they came “to listen” to the Australian...

Finalists announced for the 1st Greek Youth Creative Arts Competition 2024

The Greek Festival of Sydney has exclusively announced to The Greek Herald the finalists of its ‘1st Greek Youth Creative Arts Competition.’ The theme of the inaugural competition...

Castellorizian Association of NSW hosts Cazzie Kids Easter event

On Monday, April 15, the Castellorizian Association of NSW welcomed kids and families for their Cazzie Kids Easter event. Held at The Castellorizian, a community centre...

National Second Tier club representatives hold meetings to plan for next year’s launch

Soccer clubs across the nation are gearing up for a significant milestone in Australian football history, the launch of the National Second Tier (NST)...

Jon Adgemis’ Public Hospitality Group lists first pub for sale amid mounting debt

The owner of Public Hospitality Group (PHG) Jon Adgemis has listed his first pub on the market, following the collapse of his debt deal...

You May Also Like

Team Greece claim final four spot at Australia’s United Cup

Maria Sakkari and Stefanos Tsitsipas faced the Croatian mixed doubles team, Borna Gojo and Petra Martic with fierceness, winning a semi final spot for...

Police fire tear gas to break up banned gatherings in Greece

Police detained several dozen people and fired tear gas in Athens Tuesday as hundreds of protesters defied a ban on gatherings of more than...

Director Yorgos Lanthimos wins Golden Lion at 2023 Venice Film Festival

'Poor Things', a darkly comedic, provocatively charged film directed by Greece's Yorgos Lanthimos, secured the esteemed Golden Lion award at the 2023 Venice Film...